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Allegiant adds two new destinations from MidAmerica Airport

MidAmerica Airport
MidAmerica Airport

Allegiant officials announced Tuesday morning that new services to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, have begun this month for fares as low as $46 one way.

A release from the airline’s spokesman stated that with these additions — “just in time for the summer travel season” — the company now flies to eight destinations from Mascoutah.

“We’re very excited to begin these convenient, nonstop flights to Fort Lauderdale and Myrtle Beach,” Lukas Johnson, Allegiant senior vice president of commercial, said in the release. “We know St. Louis-area travelers will take advantage of our friendly, affordable service to enjoy a summer getaway to these two sunny vacation destinations.”

The nonstop flight to Fort Lauderdale will fly into the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The flight will run year-round, starting immediately, with introductory fares as low as $59 one way.

Those flying to Myrtle Beach from Mascoutah will arrive at Myrtle Beach International Airport. The seasonal flight will start May 26, and Allegiant is running introductory fares from $46 one way.

“The addition of these destinations is great for our region,” St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern said in the release. “Allegiant’s great service coupled with MidAmerica’s low cost and easy passenger experience put the joy back into flying.”

The company announced in November its plans to increase the number of flights from MidAmerica Airport during the summer months.

midamerica airport interior
MidAmerica Airport

MidAmerica officials told the BND then that once the additional flights were added, the airport will average two departures and 299 seats per day, which represents a 58.8 percent increase in both flights and seats over April 2016.

“MidAmerica now hosts the most Allegiant destinations of any Illinois airport,” said Tim Cantwell, MidAmerica Airport director. “Passengers ask me all of the time: Can you get us more Allegiant destinations?”